New Winslow Road Bridge in Monroe Township Open Today
(Monroe Twp., NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced today that the bridge replacement project at Winslow Road over Great Egg Harbor River in Monroe Township is completed and will be opened today.
Freeholder Director Damminger said, "The project was necessary in order to address the deterioration of the existing bridge constructed in 1957. The bridge had deteriorated to such a condition that a complete replacement was necessary and the county received federal stimulus funding to complete the entire project." Damminger said, "Gloucester County received over $18 million in federal stimulus funding to improve our infrastructure because we were prepared with projects ready to go."
The $1.1 million bridge replacement was federally funded through the ARRA Federal Stimulus program. C. Abbonizio Contractors from Sewell completed the project that started in late September 2010.
The project involved the removal and complete replacement of existing County structure 7-P-1, and the resurfacing of the roadway on either side of the bridge structure. New guide rail was installed on each side of the bridge and approaches. The new structure consists of a single-span precast concrete box beam bridge on timber piles. Opening of the bridge will remove a detour that has been in place utilizing Malaga Road, Blue Anchor Road, and State Highway Rt. 73.
Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Public Works, said that the county has plans to replace two additional bridges in 2011. Blackwood-Barnsboro Road Bridge on the border of Mantua and Deptford Townships, and Grant Avenue Bridge in Franklin Township will both be bid in the next few months with replacements and construction to be completed by the end of 2011. The funding for the Blackwood-Barnsboro Bridge will come from state aid and federal aid will fund the Grant Avenue Bridge.
"Gloucester County is on its way to being the only county in the state of New Jersey to have no deficient bridges. The county utilizes state and federal grant funding whenever possible to help offset the cost of the bridge replacement and infrastructure improvements to taxpayers,"Freeholder Simmons said.